I met April Mackinnon at the Sackville farmers' market one Saturday morning. She was breastfeeding her baby while selling handmade soap at a booth inside the Bridge Street Cafe. Trained as a civil engineer, this multi-tasking young mother of three is the driving force behind a line of superb natural skin care products.
|Anointment Lavender Soap|
I purchased a bar of Anointment lavender soap, partly because I like the name, with its biblical connotations, and partly because I hoped that it would relieve the itchy, dry skin that comes with winter in Canada. April's soap is made with pure olive oil and contains no harsh chemicals. It has a rich lather, not a frothy one, and releases the clean, soothing fragrance of lavender without perfume overload. After a week of using this magic product, my skin was back to normal. No more scrubbing with Dove in my shower - from now on, I am anointing myself with oil.
Delightfully Delicious Sushi
|823 Main St. Moncton|
There's a casual warmth that greets you when you enter the slate grey interior with its open kitchen and exposed wooden beams. The menu includes items such as Japanese noodles, rolled sandwiches, maki, nigiri, inari and miso soup.
|Sushi and Dumpling Special|
Vision H2O Christmas Tree Recycling
A sign posted at the municipal office in Cap-Pele indicated that Christmas trees could be dropped off at the hockey arena for recycling starting December 26th. Thanks to a local non-profit organization concerned with addressing environmental issues, the trees are put to good use. Once the festive season is over, discarded evergreens are distributed along the beaches to prevent the erosion of sand dunes. Vision H2O is committed to maintaining water quality in the region and an outline of their initiatives is included in the Cap-Pele Watershed Group website.
I was amazed to learn that each year approximately 450,000 evergreen trees are cut in N.B. to supply the Christmas market!
|Aboiteau beach, Cap-Pele|